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Daniel "Dan" James Schneider (b. January 14, 1966) is an American songwriter, actor, screenwriter, and producer of films and television. He is the creator of Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, Victorious, Sam & Cat, and Henry Danger.
Schneider was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, to parents Harry and Carol Schneider. He attended Harvard University for one semester. After returning to Memphis, he worked repairing computers. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and eventually a screenwriting career.
In 1986, Schneider played Dennis Blunden on the ABC television sitcom, Head of the Class. The series ran for five seasons from 1986 to 1991. In 1993, Schneider starred in the series, Home Free, and in 1994, he played Shawn Eckhardt in Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story, one of two made-for-television films about the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal.
Schneider is well known for making cameo appearances in TV series that he has helped to create produce. He has made cameo appearances in All That (and its subsequent film, Good Burger), The Amanda Show, Zoey 101, and iCarly. Schneider also lends his voice to be used as a voiceover in many of his projects.
Schneider's career shifted directions in 1993 when he began writing and producing a string of highly successful television shows.
Schneider is the creative force behind the following hit TV series (all shows aired on Nickelodeon):
|Henry Danger||2014||A 13-year-old boy named Henry, lands a part-time job as Danger Boy, a sidekick in training to super crime fighter Captain Man. Their colorful adventures throw Henry’s otherwise ordinary life absurdly out of balance, yet he must keep his new job a secret from his best friends, Charlotte and Jasper.|
|Sam & Cat||2013–2014||The show is a spinoff of iCarly and Victorious as it stars iCarly star, Jennette McCurdy, reprising her role of Sam Puckett and Victorious star, Ariana Grande, reprising her role of Cat Valentine. The show is aboyt how the two meet in L.A. and become best friends and roommates.|
|Victorious||2010–2013||The show is Dan's fourth TV show and it is about Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), who gets the chance of a lifetime to attend a performing arts high school in Hollywood.
Starring: Victoria Justice as Tori Vega, Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris, Matthew "Matt" Bennett as Robert "Robbie" Shapiro, Elizabeth "Liz" Gilles as Jade West, Ariana Grande as Caterina "Cat" Valentine, Avan Jogia as Beck Oliver, Daniella Monet as Trina Vega, Christopher Cane (portrayer) and Jacob "Jake" Farrow (voice) as Rex Powers.
|iCarly||2007–2012||The show is Dan's third TV show and it is about Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove), who starts a weekly online website with her two best friends, Samantha "Sam" Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and Fredward "Freddie" Benson (Nathan Kress).
Starring: Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay, Jennette McCurdy as Samantha "Sam" Puckett, Nathan Kress as Fredward "Freddie" Benson, Gerald "Jerry" Trainor as Spencer Shay, Noah Munck as Orenthal "Gibby" Gibson (seasons 4-5)
|Zoey 101||2005–2008||The show is Dan's second show and it is about Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears), who attends a boarding school in California.
Starring: Jamie Lynn Spears as Zoey Brooks, Paul Butcher Jr. as Dustin Brooks (credited as Paul Butcher), Sean Flynn as Chase Matthews (seasons 1-3), Austin Butler as Jimmy "James" Garrett (season 4), Kristin Herrera as Dana Cruz (season 1), Victoria Justice as Lola Martinez (seasons 2-4), Christopher Massey as Michael Barrett, Alexa Nikolas as Nicole Bristow (seasons 1-2), Erin Sanders as Quinn Pensky, Matthew Underwood as Logan Reese
|Drake & Josh||2004–2007, 2008||The show is Dan's first TV show and it is a buddy comedy about two very different high school students who become stepbrothers.|
Schneider has also been involved in movies. He has written the movie Good Burger, based on the All That skit which starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (and features Schneider himself in a supporting role). The film was a successful moneymaker for Paramount Pictures, and has begun to enjoy "cult film" status over recent years.
Schneider also wrote and co-produced the movie Big Fat Liar which stared Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti, and Frankie Muniz. The film was a big success for Universal Studios, earning nearly $50 million in domestic box office alone.
In 2002, Schneider married Lisa Lillien, the founder and president of Hungry Girl, a free daily email that features dieting tips, recipes, food finds, and food news.
- He was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
- He graduated from White Station High School (Memphis, Tenneesee) in 1982.
- He attended various classes at Harvard University.
- He played multiple vocal roles on his show, such as Tandy in Sam & Cat, and more rarely some physical appearances, though he played the cab driver in Zoey 101 episode, "Chasing Zoey" and a Secret Service Agent in iCarly episode, "iMeet the First Lady."